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Lavandula stoechas (Lavender)

French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Butterfly Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas)


Lavandula stoechas also called French Lavender, Spanish Lavender or Butterfly Lavender is recognizable by the conspicuous sterile bracts, on top of the short dense inflorescence, resembling extravagant ears. Grown for its silvery aromatic leaves, it is used extensively for essential oils or potpourris. The distinctive flowers, however, steal the show with their "ears" sprouting from each flower head. This Lavender loves hot weather, but is more tender (Hardiness 8-9) than other Lavenders.

  • Among the earliest Lavenders to bloom, French Lavender enjoys a fairly long blooming season from mid spring to late summer. Flowering typically occurs as early as May (in areas with mild summers and winters) with another flush of blooms in June followed by another flush of color in late summer or fall. 
  • Evergreen in warm winter climates, French Lavender typically grows in a bushy mound, up to 24-30 in. tall and wide (60-90 cm). Resembling the foliage of Rosemary, the leaves are long, pointed and soft gray-green.
  • Thriving in full sun, it performs best in dry to medium, poor, light, sandy, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage and air circulation are essential, specifically in hot, humid climates. 
  • Drought, deer, rabbit and dry soil tolerant and a real magnet for bees and butterflies!
  • Spectacular in mass planting and superb in containers. Creates stunning hedges in summer thanks to its free flowering habit.
  • Best if sheared back hard after peak summer bloom to promote shorter and sturdier flower stems

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavenders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' - 3' (60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3' (60cm - 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavenders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' - 3' (60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3' (60cm - 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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